ONCE TRASH IS OFF YOUR PROPERTY,

PREVENT IDENTITY THEFT BY MAKING SURE THESE DOCUMENTS AREN'T TOSSED IN ONE PIECE

Quick Facts……

  • Once trash is off your property, it's legal for anyone to take. Prevent identity theft by making sure these documents aren't tossed in one piece.
  • A systematic plan for keeping track of important documents can save you hours of anxious searching for misplaced items.
  • It is important to carefully store valuable papers which would be difficult or time consuming to replace. These hard-to-replace documents are ideally kept in a safe deposit box or a fire-proof, water-proof, burglar-proof home safe or lock box.
  • Electronically stored records must be legible, readable, and accessible for the period of limitations required. It is important to back up electronic files in case of a computer malfunction.
  • Wherever you live there is always the risk of fires, floods, and other disasters, and your home and important documents could be totally destroyed. Assemble a ‘Grab-n-Go’ emergency bucket, box, tote, backpack, or electronic storage device (USB ‘jump’ drive) to have available on short notice.

Important papers prove certain events occurred and they are used to document financial transactions. They may be needed at various times during one’s life. For example, a birth certificate is used to prove age when starting school, to obtain a driver’s license, or to apply for Social Security benefits. It is also needed by relatives to obtain a death certificate. Financial records are the key to your credit standing, essential to helping save money on income taxes owed, and provide an indication of your financial progress through life.

A systematic plan for keeping track of important documents can save you hours of anxious searching for misplaced items. It can also help you reduce the amount of non-important papers cluttering your home.

8 Everyday Documents You Never Knew You Should Shred

Once trash is off your property, it’s legal for anyone to take it. Prevent identity theft by making sure these documents aren’t tossed in one piece.

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